Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Top Ten

I've done this the past 2 years so I'm continuing on from there.  If you've missed those posts:

2012 Top Ten

2011 Top Ten

So here's the 2013 Top Ten - the good, the bad and not in any particular order:

Grandbaby Bryce!  We were blessed again this year with our third grandbaby and third grandson.  Life doesn't get better than this.

Great Nephew Benjamin!  My second great nephew arrived this year - adorable isn't he???

Great Niece Annalise!  Yep it was a baby year and this time a girl!  This one is from hubby's side....gee her mother was only 5 when I met hubby.  Time sure does fly!

It was cold, it was windy but back in May we headed to Ocean City, MD for my niece Jamie's wedding. They met there so it was only approriate that they wed there.  This is Benjamin's Mom & Dad.

This one was local and it poured down rain - but we had fun anyways.  My stepson and his bride!  We considered her family long before the wedding.

Ahhh....the beach.  Hubby and I spent a week in Myrtle Beach back in August.  Already have the room booked for 2014.

Sookie!  I wanted a black cat and this one hopped up under my car and traveled many miles home with me.
Though not yet "officially" ours; the adoption should be happening within the month.

My 3 Grandboys.  I've had the pleasure of more babysitting and thus getting to spend more time with them than before.  They grow so fast and are so very funny.  Mason tells me not to sing - lol!

Mom & Dad have had 60 years of marriage - WOW!!

Ups and downs, Ins and Outs and All Over - Life is always an adventure with CC!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


I'm not a hoopla Christmas person.  I hate that Christmas is rammed down your throat from like July onward and I hate the necessity of the perfect gift.

I often don't have the money to get the perfect gifts and not being a crafty person, lack the talent needed to make them.

I enjoy the get togethers and such; and if Christmas could just be about that, I'd be fine.  But it's not....it never is.

It's about the gifts.

Now...I've really cut my gift giving back; and the people I do buy don't get some extravagant gift.  Normally something useful that they will use and not overly expensive.

As for me, I don't expect much and thus I'm never disappointed. Even if you're not a religious person, I still think Christmas should be more than just gift giving.  I just don't get it.

I haven't put up a tree in my house the past two Christmas's.  Too much work for a holiday I stopped enjoying long ago.

Yes, call me Scrooge....but I think The Grinch got it right:

And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: "How could it be so?

It came without ribbons! It came without tags!

"It came without packages, boxes or bags!"

And he puzzled three hours, `till his puzzler was sore.

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before!

"Maybe Christmas," he thought, "doesn't come from a store.

"Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!"

Too bad that not everyone can see that.

Sunday, December 15, 2013


I plan on getting back into the swing of things at Weight Watchers after the first of the year.

When I started WW, I went to the center on Thursday nights.  This time around I've been doing Tuesdays.  I like both the leaders and the people at the meetings, however, Tuesday meetings start earlier and it is very hard getting their on time.  Most times we miss the meeting or at least most of it.

So I'm thinking maybe Thursdays would be better again.

CC and I had a Christmas get together last Tuesday; so I went to the Thursday meeting instead.  I was glad to see the leader and receptionist again, excited about the new Simple Start (WW excitement for me has been long gone for some time) and enjoyed the meeting from start to finish.

So.......I really need to look at the pros and cons of this.  It just seems stupid to be paying the monthly fee and only getting a weigh-in and the weekly pamphlet.  Those meetings helped before; I think they will again.

Friday, December 13, 2013


It's been way way too long since I've done a post.

The fostering of the little black kitty from my car is going great.  After several names, we've settled on the name "Sookie" (True Blood fans will recognize that name).  She's still not officially ours; but I'm sure we're at the top of the list.

She just loves our dog Toby - LOVES him!!  She follows him everywhere.  She does respond to my voice, but mostly because that normally means food, lol.  She loves to play but she doesn't want a human touching her; but we're working on that.  She's just a bundle of energy.  I don't think she'll ever be a lap cat; but she fits in our home well.
Weight Watchers has been going "eh" this time around.  However, they have a program revamp that I'm kind of excited about and definitely plan on starting after the first of the year.

Firstly though:  There have been no changes to how points are calculated.  Points Plus still exists.

Just need to get that out of there because people are still in a tizzy over the 2011 revamp where the old points system went out and points plus came in.

Anyway, what they have now is a 2 week program called Simple Start.  Simple Start is for newbies that need help getting started; us oldies that need to re-start, come out of a plateau, or just need a change.  You can continue with it for as long as you want; or start it, stop, then go back, etc...  Sometimes, you just need someone to tell you what to eat!

The program formally starts the week of December 29th; but Weight Watchers is having the centers hand out the booklets now.  This gives you time to read it over and then ask questions if necessary; or you can go ahead and give it a start!

If you go to the meetings; you'll get the welcome packet that includes the Simple Start booklet:  
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If you're an online member, you'll see the links at the bottom of your home page:

And there's also an app available iPhone users go to your app store; Android uses go to yours and search for Simple Start.

Simple Start is based on the Simply Filling Plan (bet some of you never heard of this portion of Weight Watchers).  Simply Filling is a list of healthy power foods.  If you have the Weight Watchers books that show you points values - all the foods with a green triangle are power foods.  With this particular program you eat off the food list and you need not count points of any food on the list.  You just eat until you are SATISFIED (not stuffed).  You also get the 49 weekly points to eat things off the list.  Anyway Simple Start is based around that plan.

They have these great kits available now for $34.95:

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You get a really nice bag to carry everything in.  There's different prints; but I chose the real psychedelic one!  You get a microwave vegetable steamer; a 12 week tracker, point stickers, coupons, a deck of workout cards, a cookbook and a book to help you find your "nitch" with Weight Watchers.  I really like this alot!!

So get to Weight Watchers the week of December 29th and learn all about this program.